Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Happy (Politially Correct Phrase Here) and Year End

I have been going with Saturnalia for a few years now.  It is, after all, the oldest version of the whole thing.  Buy presents, feast friends, family and workers; nine months later, population spike.  Oh, those Romans.  In Japan they do about the same thing, with the cake being strawberrys and cream instead of that humble ancestor of the pannettone or fruitcakes.  It's more like a third Valentines day when you have a special dinner with your family or best beloved and god help you if you don't show up, because it seriously is another Valentines day.  Protests are currently being held by disgruntled men in Tokyo who have no one to give chocolates to and eat cake with.  Holidays.  

After what looked like an omg moment, we're okay again.  I still have to argue about my self employment income with the Government to continue My health insurance, but Hubby is just fine, despite it being based on MY self employment, too.  Go figure!

 I want to thank everyone who has been so nice to us this year and the years before.  Seriously, we would be in such a bad place without the doll community.  I can't say much right now, but a wonderful person made the whole two years go away with a present that was better than a ferrari or a diamond necklace.  I keep tearing up with emotion, and it's hard on the handkerchiefs.  I have been in a state since Monday morning when it arrived.  I actually took it out of the box this afternoon and just touched it a bit, LOL!  No, it did not disappear.  The cat has gotten used to random squealing. 

Every year, I try to plow some money back into the business and was able to purchase (thanks to the horrible exchange rate for the Yen to the USD) another doll sewing book.  This one is for the super small dollies.  I was debating it, but with everything going well, got the thing for less than 17 bucks (including shipping!) from CDJapan (birthday points!).  Seriously, this thing is going used for 30$ in country.  I still need to make up my mind about the smaller doll work, but it is coming slowly along.  The main problem seems to be the fabric poking down into the machine's feed dogs and work arounds for that.  So the book is very much looked forward to, and on back order, because there has been a real run on it!  And it is a reprint of an out of date book, just like the Beginning Dolly Coordinate I got mid-year.

So, with this wonderful wonderful new thingie, (SQUEAL) I am hoping that my little business will expand in the coming year, and it would not be anywhere without the people who have had faith in me to sew their doll clothing, put up with delays and I hope, really love the clothing I made for them.  Thank you, so very much!  

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Commission for R.P. 1/6 Action Figure Military One-Zero Vest

Post Moved Up to On Work Table.

This is going to be an interesting one for me, because of the realism factor involved.  This is for a military recreation figure and I'm going for as accurate a detailed garment as possible, to the point where we are stripping other miniature items for the zippers and so forth. R.P. has already done this in advance.  This is exciting to me, to learn the history behind this particular garment as well as see the final result of the over all project.  Deposit paid, now I just need to match fabric, etc.  Project time, undetermined due to the logistics and detail factors.

Customer provided photo of real garment

Customer provided photo
The patterning is the easy part.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Tutorial: Making Knitting Patterns

I recently started the season's knitting, this time for dolls.  A customer requested an Aran sweater, and I took the challenge, along with knitting a 1960s Chanel-esque suit for my SID medium bust Karen.  This lead to a tutorial.  It's really quite easy to make knitting patterns and avoid charts altogether.  It also points out how zoftig the Iplehouse girls are.

Tutorial is on this page on BJDCollectasy.
Karen hates her sneakers and is now the subject of the NEXT tutorial as well: How to make shoes.
This is going to lead to something horrible I just know it:
 "I want shoes for every outfit.  Perhaps 2 or 3 pairs.  Don't just sit there staring at me, get busy!' 
  For now, I'm still fighting with the collar for the Aran sweater, (always, always no matter what, three times I have to unravel and try again) but this is a busy week and when I have time to sit down, I'm usually exhausted and rather numb from nearly being killed in traffic by people who are now not only on their phones, but stressed out over the holidays.  Yesterday ONCE AGAIN I was nearly plowed down in the cross walk by a fool on a phone.  He had the unmitigated gall to grin at me as he nearly killed me while running the red light while making a left turn!   No one follows the rules any more because no one enforces them.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Review for Customer: Skello's Teeny Body Doll

Okay so I'm late on this, and shame on me, but it's that time of year!

Read this part real fast like a radio commercial!
Skello owns these dolls and they are just temporarily at my place along with his other dolls, for their custom clothing orders.  All the dolls and their accessories are bought and paid for by Skello and are his sole property, should there ever be a question   They will be stored in a separate bin marked properly.   The only 1/6 girl doll of this type I have and own is a Volks 1/6 Dollfie for reference.

 The package showed up a week ago and I've been putting it off until I had the sweater finished, but the sweater collar has to be re-done, darn it!  So I got the box down today and opened it.  I must say, I was surprised after the plastic hang bag gals had shown up to see 1/6 dolls in their own boxes.  

After shaking the well packaged box to get the boxes to slide out:

Commission for DVD: Venitu and David Western Coats

For David and Venitu, one buffalo coat, one range duster without cape, one gambler's vest, and one pair of dk blue jeans.  Deposit paid.

I've never seen buffalo coats before, so this was a surprise to me.  I always knew about leather and blanket coats, but never buffalo.  What the heck history books, fail much?! O_o   I should imagine they came in quite handy! They were everything from neatly sheered to all out hairy, using different parts of the fur to create different effects.

Center of the West collection